This European gem, full of culture, history and spirit, is often overlooked in favour of its more well-known neighbours. But with architectural triumphs, scenic mountains, a rich heritage and charming, rural idylls, Poland should feature on every travellers' list.
Poland Tours & Travel
Articles on Poland
All’s not fair in love and war
Posted on Thu, 10 Apr 2014 by Sue Elliot
“Lest we forget” is our heartfelt pledge to all the people who have paid the highest price in defense of their country’s borders or beliefs. Historic sites around the world [...]Read more
sweet polish treat
Posted on Wed, 10 Mar 2010 by Sue Elliot
If you’ve travelled through Poland then we hope you got the chance to try delicious kolaczki. These sweet flaky pastry treats can also be enjoyed in other Central European countries, [...]Read more
w is for water in poland
Posted on Tue, 19 Aug 2008 by Sue Elliot
We’ve all done it – felt confident trying out a few local words, only to end up with hot sauce instead of mild or a one-way ticket when we wanted [...]Read more
At a glance
|Capital city:||Warsaw (population 1.75 million)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)|
Best time to visit Poland
Like many other European countries, Poland's climate features relatively warm summers and cold winters. Snowfall is common through winter, but more so in the mountainous areas. Rainfall features throughout the whole year, although the rain is usually in the form of brief showers rather than torrential downpours. Travelling from May to September usually offers optimal weather, with July and August being the hottest (but busiest) months for travel.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Heritage Spots of Krakow
1. Collegium Maius
Meaning 'Great College' in Latin, this 15th-century building, located in Jagiellonian University, has hosted such famous students as revolutionary astronomer Copernicus and spiritual leader Pope John Paul II. A visit here is a mind-expanding experience in art, science, history and architecture.
2. Wawel Cathedral
Standing for more than a thousand years, this is the place where Pope John Paul II conducted his first Mass. If that's not impressive enough, add a crypt holding the bodies of some of Poland's most influential leaders and public figures and you've got one of Poland's most interesting and important buildings. Don't miss it!
3. Wawel Royal Castle
Sitting on the edge of the Vistula River, this remarkable Gothic-style building acted as a home for Poland's royal family centuries ago. Featuring a valuable collection of historic paintings, tapestries and murals, this is a top spot to delve into European art treasures and classic architecture.
4. Remuh Synagogue
While this small yet elegant synagogue may not be the grandest in scale or design, its historic value is unquestionable. Founded in 1553, it remains a place of worship for the local community and a place of pilgrimage for the world's Jewish people.
5. Cloth Hall
Krakow's Renaissance-style Cloth Hall is a splendid building with a retail heritage. Once used as trading place for textiles and cloth back in the 14th century, nowadays the building houses shops, cafes and a museum. Located in the Main Square, this historic building looks best illuminated at night.
FAQs on Poland
Cup of coffee in a cafe = 5-10 PLN
Simple lunch at a cafe = 15-25 PLN
Dinner at a nice restaurant = 50-100 PLN
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 3 Constitution Day
May 30 Corpus Christi
Aug 15 Assumption
Nov 1 All Saint's Day
Nov 11 Independence Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Second Day of Christmas
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Poland/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Poland Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Poland
1. Be considerate of Poland’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
8. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
|Push Not the River||James Conroyd Martin|
|The Pianist||Wladyslaw Szpilman|
|The Beautiful Mrs Seidenman||Andrzej Szczypiorski|
|No Greater Ally||Kenneth K. Koskodan|
|The Diary of Mary Berg: Growing up in a Warsaw Ghetto||Mary Berg|